Wild sea bass is recommended for this dish. It is more expensive than from the farm but it is worthwhile going that extra mile. The sea bass that are found in the English Channel are the best in the chef’s opinion – they are very tasty, flaky and have an amazing texture. This is a very light Summery dish: the anise flavour of the fennel works very well with the sea bass and the lemon and capers bring our the acidity to help balance the dish.
1 sea bass fillet
1 piece baby fennel cut in half (or 1/4 normal fennel bulb)
One lemon wedge cut into small pieces
1 tbsp drained capers
2 tbsp blended oil
1tsp good extra virgin olive oil
Heat the blended oil in a heavy duty sauté pan until hot, but not smoking.
Season both sides of the sea bass with sea salt.
Place fish skin side down in the pan and press lightly with a spatula to keep the skin from shrinking.
When the skin is crispy and starting to brown, flip it over.
Cook for another 30 seconds, remove to a plate and let it rest.
In the meantime, in the same oil, sauté the fennel until lightly brown and tender, 4-5 minutes.
You are now ready to plate!
Place fish in the middle of the plate, top with baby fennel, surround with extra virgin olive oil, capers, and lemon.
Thank you to George Yaneff, Head Chef at DSTRKT London, for the recipe.If you have a recipe you would like to share with A Luxury Travel Blog‘s readers, please contact us.
Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.
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